New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the country’s first moveless metro train on the Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line (Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden) through video conferencing.
Mr. Modi also started the National Common Mobility Card service on the Airport Express line.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) joined the seven per cent metro network of the world where the unmanned train is being run, with the introduction of a driverless train on the Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro.
The commencement of these services marked the beginning of a new era of pleasant travel and improved mobility for the residents of the National Capital Region.
According to the Delhi Metro, another major corridor, 57 km, was opened from the start of the unmanned train service on the 37 km long Magenta Line (Janakpuri West – Botanical Garden). The long Pink Line (Majlis Park – Shiv Vihar) will also start driverless train operation from the middle of 2021. After this, the Delhi Metro’s nearly 94 km long network will be able to operate without a driver, which will be about nine percent of the world’s total unmanned metro network.
Unmanned trains will be fully automated requiring minimal human intervention, eliminating the possibility of human errors. Delhi Metro has been at the forefront of introducing technology-enabled options for the convenience of commuters and this is the next step in this direction.
The National Common Mobility Card, which operates fully on the Airport Metro, is also another major achievement, in which 23 banks from any part of the country (as per the directives of Department of Financial Services, Government of India, in the recent past 18 months, all follow NCMC )) Any person holding RuPay – Debit Card issued by him will be able to travel on the Airport Express Line using that card. This facility will be available on the entire Delhi Metro network by the year 2022.
At present, Delhi Metro is about 390 km. The train operates on a long network, with 285 stations on 11 corridors (including Noida-Greater Noida). Nearly 60 lakh journeys were carried out daily before the Kovid transition on the Delhi Metro network, making this network the backbone of mass transport in the National Capital Region.